Author, Parent and Autism Activist Michelle Pierce Burns Discusses New Book at DC Public Library
Published on Monday, June 1, 2009 - 2:45pm
Who: Michele Pierce Burns, Author and Autism Activist
What: Discusses and signs copies of her book, DANSON: the Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings.
When: Sat., June 13, 12 p.m.
Where: Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library
5625 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Michele Pierce Burns’ son Danson was diagnosed as “mentally retarded” and functioning at a 1.9 year-old level when he was 7. Since then, this non-verbal autistic child has learned to communicate by pointing to letters on an alphabet board, revealing a high intelligence and powerful, poetic “voice.” He and his mother have documented Danson’s amazing emergence in the new book, DANSON: the Extraordinary Discovery of an Autistic Child’s Innermost Thoughts and Feelings. Through poems, stories, and “conversations,” the book offers the much-needed gift of hope to families and teachers of the 1 million autistic children in America today. The book also contains sections on resources that offer autism support.
Michele and Danson have been featured on Oprah, The Today Show, Larry King Live and in leading magazines. They also are featured in the documentary film Autism Every Day, which premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Michele has an M.A. from Stanford University and a M.Ed. from Harvard University. George Williams